Dr. Seema Imam, Ed.D.
ISLA Board Chair
Dr. Seema Imam served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of ISLA from January 2018 – December 2021. Prior to this, she served as a Member at Large for nearly a decade. She is a mentor of the ISLA Leadership Academy and offers Professional Development workshops to ISLA Member Schools.
Education and Professional Experience
Dr. Imam received her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Social Inquiry from National Louis University in 2001. She also has a Doctorate in Islamic Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation (2015).
She has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration (1987) and Reading Specialist (1983) and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities (1975) from Northeastern University (IL). She has a host of professional certifications as well.
Dr. Imam is currently a Professor of Elementary and Middle Level Teacher Education at National Louis University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students.
She co-founded one of the largest Islamic schools in the US and has been engaged in Islamic education for nearly three decades.
Areas of Expertise
Elementary and Middle Level Teacher Education
Teaching with Technology
Teacher Education Pedagogy: Diversity and Inclusion
International Teacher Education
Islamic School Program and Curriculum Development
Public School Curriculum and Muslim students
Presentations and Publications
She has presented nationally and internationally on several topics, including “Finland Phenomenon,” “Principles of Islamic Pedagogy” and “Curriculum Integration Efforts in the North American Context.”
Dr. Imam has several publications. “A Paradigm Shift in Educational Practices in an Islamic School,” co-authored by Mussarut Jabeen, may be read online.